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The Valle de Maule (Maule Valley) wine-growing area is located around 250 kilometres south of the capital Santiago in Chile. Together with the three areas of Maipo, Rapel and Curicó, it forms the huge Valle Central region as the southernmost area. It is divided into the sub-areas of Claro, Loncomilla and Tutuvén and stretches from the coastal cordillera influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the valley floor, which is characterised by extreme heat, to the foothills of the Andes in the east. With around 30,000 hectares of vineyards, it is the largest wine-growing region in Chile. Spanish immigrants were already growing wine here in the 16th century. The cool climate is tempered by the Río Maule, which flows through the area from east to west. Volcanic soils with alluvial soil, sand, clay and gravel predominate. Artificial irrigation is necessary in the dry and hot summers. The cool nights are favourable for viticulture.

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